2013 Jul 12 Nathan Rogers pays tribute to his famous father on the Folk Festival stage

Few names loom as large over the Winnipeg Folk Festival as legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers.

If you stay until the very end of the festival, you’re sure to hear a rendition of his classic song “The Mary Ellen Carter”, which closes out the weekend each and every summer.

But this year, the 30th anniversary of Stan’s untimely death, the connection between the Festival and the iconic artist is stronger than ever.

Nathan Rogers, Stan’s son, will be hitting the main stage on Friday night to play a selection of his father’s best-loved songs.

 

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Nathan Rogers pays tribute to his famous father on the Folk Festival stage

The people of Canada take Stan’s songs so personally and so individually that it’s hard to not share in the joy of them.

—Nathan Rogers, musician

Few names loom as large over the Winnipeg Folk Festival as legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers.

If you stay until the very end of the festival, you’re sure to hear a rendition of his classic song “The Mary Ellen Carter”, which closes out the weekend each and every summer.

But this year, the 30th anniversary of Stan’s untimely death, the connection between the Festival and the iconic artist is stronger than ever.

Nathan Rogers, Stan’s son, will be hitting the main stage on Friday night to play a selection of his father’s best-loved songs.

“My own relationship and my family’s relationship with the Festival – I hope to see it renewed,” Rogers says. “The people of Canada take Stan’s songs so personally and so individually that it’s hard to not share in the joy of them.”

An accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right, Rogers now calls Winnipeg home. In fact, he was brought to the city by a job offer from none other than Mitch Podolak – the man who started the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

“Mitch offered me a job, I looked around Winnipeg, and I realized that it was where I wanted to be,” says Rogers, “the city is a fantastic place as a musician and artist because it’s so competitive but also amazingly supportive.”

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Stan Rogers (Canapress)

Growing up in the shadow of one of the country’s all-time music legends, Rogers inherited his father’s distinctive baritone voice and a penchant for writing songs about hard-working, honest Canadians.

And while he has had to work hard to make a name for himself as an artist, Rogers says he’s grateful for the opportunity to share his father’s songs with the country that loved him so much.

“There’s so much affection directed towards Stan,” says Rogers, “If I’m the momentary focal point of that, and part of keeping his music alive in the hearts and minds of the people for whom it was written, then I’m honoured to take that place.”

And while he won’t give away the set list for Friday’s performance, Rogers promises that all of the favourites from the “Stan Catalogue” will be included.

“It’ll be a good cross-section of Stan’s music,” says Rogers, “and we’ll bring it in a very honest and loving way.”

Nathan Rogers will play a set of his father’s songs at 6:00 pm, Friday July 12th, on the Winnipeg Folk Festival main stage. 

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